December 3, 2009
I remember this entering my collection maybe a year or two ago, and at least THINK I remember liking it.
Buuuuuttt, I listened to it again recently and honestly don't know how on earth I ever could have enjoyed listening to this set.
It seems as though every piece of this music you can pick out of it... is utter mediocrity. The electronic beats, the "trying-to-be-smooth-and-groovy" vocals, the organization, and worst of all THE GUITAR. I started Mirror last night and nearly started laughing when the guitar came in. I sort of shrugged it off and thought it would get better, but later realized that 40 minutes into the set, it sounded like the same exact boring jam. Through the entire show, there seems to be no variance on ANY single piece of the composition. The tired beats - and I mean TIRED - made me imagine all the people trying their best to look like they were havin a super groovy time to the super phatty tunes, but in reality they were trying to merely stay awake.
If you think about this music in fair terms, yes, it IS danceable by nature and easy to shake a laid-back move to. But, also in fairness, it is quite possibly the most boring and least thought-provoking music this genre has to offer. And the haphazard guitar work begs to be brought up again too. I feel that this is a perfect example of everybody in the room (including the musicians, of course) being so fucked up that their playing was seriously adversely affected, but nobody could even tell - and probably even thought it was really good, too. the instrumentation is remarkably sloppy and the singer throws his words out in such a lazy manner that it sounds like he can't even find the microphone half the time.
Sorry if that sounded really mean-spirited, but some things just deserve a bad review and seem to get none, and this is certainly one of them. I am curious to see if Boombox ever has sounded more professional, but am honestly a little scared to expose myself to any more of this over-hyped amateurism.